Nov. 5, 2010

Courtesy of Michigan Athletics

EVANSTON, Ill. - Freshman Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) scored her second goal of the game at 66:41 to send the match into overtime, where she netted the winner 4:08 in, rallying the No. 11-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team past No. 8 Penn State, 4-3, in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on Friday (Nov. 5) at the Thomas Athletic Complex. The triumph is U-M's fifth 4-3 overtime decision of the year and sends the Wolverines into the conference tournament finals, where they will take on No. 5 Ohio State on Sunday (Nov. 7) at 2 p.m. CST live on the Big Ten Network. Michigan has won four tournament titles, the last coming in 2005.

The Wolverines held a 10-5 shot advantage in the opening half and got on the board at 20:36 when Mack received a pass from 25 yards out and dribbled around and through the defense before beating PSU goalkeeper Alya Halus to the right post for her 13th goal of the season. Michigan also had a great chance when back-to-back shots from senior Zara Saydjari (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area) and Mack at point-blank range were saved by Halus. Penn State tied the contest after garnering a corner right at the half as Alex Schlener scored on a rebound, knotting the score at one goal apiece.

Penn State took its first lead of the game at 41:05 as Hannah Allison connected on a 15-yard shot off a loose ball, but U-M answered when senior Vanessa Sekhon (West Vancouver, B.C./Collingwood) deflected a Mack shot into the back of the net off a penalty corner. Michigan had a player advantage on a Penn State yellow card but could not take advantage.

The Nittany Lions then took a short-lived lead at 63:16, before Michigan fought back and tied the game at three as Mack netted her second goal of the game on a redirection from freshman Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke), sending the game into the extra session tied at 3-all.

Michigan had all three shots in the extra session and like the Wolverines have done all season, won the game in overtime. At 74:08, Mack received the pass from senior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) in the circle and beat Halus to complete the hat trick and move Michigan into the championship game.